Archer Patrick Golden Huston off to Rio Olympics
Teenager Patrick Huston has hit the big time by being selected for the Team GB Archery squad.
The east-Belfast youngster was already on cloud nine after returning from the World Archery Youth Championships in China with two gold medals but now his Olympic dream has been realised.
Despite being only 17-years-old, the Campbell College student is taking the archery world by storm.
Patrick is currently training with the Team GB squad but news of his golden ticket to Rio is now the perfect Christmas present.
Huston became involved in archery as an eight-year-old at Campbell College under the guidance of Audrey Needham, a former Commonwealth longbow champion, and now helps coach other pupils.
He is now in his final year at school and then intends to take a gap year before going to university.
But his progression to the Team GB Olympic squad sees him fulfil his ultimate ambition.
Patrick is backed by the Mary Peters Trust and has a very loyal sponsor in Simon Eastop of SDE Decorators in Ballyclare.
Already a world champion, he will now focus on hitting the target in Rio.
The news was confirmed on the Archery GB website with a statement adding: "Following a successful 2013 for Archery GB, with great success at the World Championships and at top level UK competitions there have been a few changes to the Archery GB squads.
"A new young member to the Olympic squad is Patrick Huston, who won two gold medals in the individual and team events at the Youth World Championships in Wuxi this year.
"Patrick is 17-years-old and lives in Belfast. Patrick joins Sean Evans, George Harding, Ashe Morgan, Andrew Randall, Kieran Slater and Richard White to complete the men's Olympic squad."
Sara Symington, Performance Director of Archery GB, added: "Each year we review the squad members of both the Olympic and Paralympic squads and assess how they have performed throughout the year.
"We not only take into account results at competitions (particularly at one significant event each year either Worlds, Europeans, Olympics and Paralympics) but also levels of forward progression and commitment to their personal development within archery."
Team GB has been so impressed with Patrick's performances that they requested he attend their training centre at Lilleshall on a regular basis.
In October he returned home from the World Archery Youth Championships in China to a hero's while clutching two gold medals.
Patrick won individual gold – beating Kazakhstan's Sanzhar Mussayerby in the final – and also took top spot in mixed doubles in which he was partnered by England's Becky Martin.
Also in China, Huston's fellow Team GB colleagues Rebecca Lennon (15) won a bronze and Jordan Mitchell (19) was desperately unlucky to miss out on a medal after losing in a play-off.
The GB Paralympic team sees the arrival of three new members, Chloe Ball, Vicky Jenkins and Frank Maguire completing the team of Kenny Allen, Phil Bottomley, Pippa Britton, Danielle Brown, Paul Browne, Mel Clarke and John Stubbs.